Shanwei Travel Guide
Area: 5,271 square kilometers (2,035 square miles)
Administrative Division: 1 district (City Zone); 2 counties (Haifeng, Luhe); 1 county-level city (Lufeng)
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0660-3364163
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Location: Situated in the coastal area of southeastern Guangdong Province, Shanwei city is bordered by Jieyang, Huizhou and Heyuan, facing southwards to the South China Sea. It has a 302 kilometers (188 miles) long coastline with totally 93 islands of all size in its sea area.
History: Before the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC), this area was dwelled by the Yue (a collection of many clans and tribes). During the Qin and early Han dynasties (206BC-220AD), it belonged to the Nanhai Shire. It has a history of more than 2,100 years from the year of 111BC that Haifeng County, the primary form of Shanwei, was established.
Physical Features: The city lies in the south foot of Lianhua Mountain facing south to the sea. The northern part of the city mainly consists of mountainous areas, while the hills and terraces are generally distributed in the central area. The south coastal part is occupied by plains. On the whole, the mountainous and hilly areas make up the major land of the city.
Climatic Features: The city enjoys a subtropical monsoon climate with obvious oceanic features. The weather is temperate and it is rich in rainfall and sunshine. Usually, its rainy season begins from the late March to early April and ends in the mid-October. The average temperature in the coldest January and hottest July are respectively 14C (57F) and 28C (82F).
When to Go: For the moderate weather of the whole year, The city is favorable for visiting at any seasons. Rain gear should be the primary priority during the flood season (April to September).
Special Local product: sea product, rice wine, tea, shell carving
Tourist Tips: From the Guangzhou Tianhe Bus Station, buses to Shanwei depart every 30 to 60 minutes taking about three hours and a half. Shenzhen Yinhu Bus Station and Luohu Bus Station also offer buses to Shantou costing about two and a half hours. Shanwei central bus station is situated in the Hebaoling, Haishan Road, where buses to around cities and counties are provided.
Zhelang Peninsula Tourist Zone: About 18 kilometers east of city area, the Zhelang Peninsula (Nan’ao Peninsula) lies between Honghai Bay and Jieshi Bay. Possessing clear seawater, soft sand, bewitching seashore scenery and spectacular rocks, the peninsula ranks one of the five most influential bathing beaches of Guangdong Province.
The peninsula reaches into the sea, looking like a barrier which blocks the waves on the two sides. The scenery of both sides varies greatly regardless of wind direction, one side with billowing waves resembling thousands of stampeding horses; while the other side has a calm and vast expanse of sparkling blue water. On both sides of the peninsula, the seashores stretch for about two kilometers (1.24 miles), an ideal destination for sea-bathing.
The natural scenery of the peninsula is much admired, and over twenty films have been shot here. The magnificent sea, elegant water, green waves, silver sand, rare stone and amazing rocks all contribute to the charm of the scenic spot. Not far from the peninsula are windmills on a hill. The white wings wheel slowly in the air, contrasting with the blue sky and white clouds. At midnight, the picture is especially enchanting with the bright moon hanging in the sky. In the south of the peninsula stands a pharos built several decades ago. The strong light of the pharos guides navigation and attracts numerous fishes and shrimps, making the sea area a natural fishing ground.
Villas, aquatic sport clubs, swimming pools, and the aquatic sports training base of Guangdong Province have been set up on the peninsula. In summer and autumn, the beach swarms with a continuous stream of visitors, strolling, entertaining, swimming, sailing or surfing in the sea. People on the island make a livelihood by fishing for the famous seafood. There are a fishing lantern festival and other folk art performances, such as an aquatic wedding during New Year and other holidays.
How to Get There:
Tourists can take express buses or ordinary buses from Guangzhou Tianhe Bus Terminal to Shanwei City. The buses operate from 07:30 to 21:00 and the interval is around half an hour. The duration is around three hours and a half and the ticket fare is CNY120. To Zhelang Peninsula Tourist Zone, visitors need to take the Honghai Bay Special Line to reach its terminal at Zhelang and this special line can be found outside of Shanwei Bus Station. If you choose to take a taxi and the fare is around CNY40.
Other Scenic Spots: Fengshan Mazu Temple, Lianhua Mountain Scenic Resort